inyan

Alternative Spellings

inian, 'inyan, inyyan, 'inyyan, 'inian, inyen, inien, inyyen

Definitions

  • Significance within Jewish law.
  • Topic [of conversation] (Weiser, Glinert).
  • matter (Steinmetz)
  • Modern Hebrew: matter. Used in phrases such as, "ma ha'inyan", what's the matter; "ze lo inyankha", that's none of your business; or "inyani," practical. (https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/improving-your-hebrew-is-a-matter-of-inyan-1.5434244)

Example Sentences

  • "Is there an inyan to learn Torah on Motza'ei Shabbos?" "There is an inyan to pronounce each word clearly while praying."
  • "If you're making a chabura, I can show you some gemaros on the same inyan" (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

Hebrew עניין inyan

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Dictionaries

Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

Notes

Used in Modern Hebrew phrases such as, "ma ha'inyan", what's the matter; "ze lo inyankha", that's none of your business; or "inyani," practical. (https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/improving-your-hebrew-is-a-matter-of-inyan-1.5434244)

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